FFB Chair Gordon Gund and Llura Gund to Receive Migel Medals

February 16, 2016

Contact: Rhea Farberman
410 423-0635/RFarberman@fightblindness.org

(Columbia, MD) - Foundation Fighting Blindness Chairman Gordon Gund and his wife Llura will receive the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Migel Medal at the AFB’s upcoming Leadership Conference, March 5 in Arlington, Virginia.

The Migel Medal is one of the highest honors in the blindness field. The award, given annually, honors professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. In addition to the Gunds, Dr. Michael Bina, President of the Maryland School for the Blind, will also receive the award this year.

“We are honored to recognize Michael, Gordon and Lulie for their outstanding achievements in the field of blindness and low vision,” said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. “Their tireless dedication and commitment to ensuring people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities truly capture the qualities this award represents.”

“It is extremely fitting that the American Foundation for the Blind has chosen Gordon and Lulie as recipients of its Migel Medal,” said Bill Schmidt, CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. “The award is intended to recognize people whose work has made a difference in the lives of people with vision loss. It is a perfect tribute to both Gordon and Lulie who have given so much of themselves to changing the future for people with vision impairments. Thanks in large part to their leadership, the field is moving closer and closer to curing blindness caused by retinal disease,” Schmidt said.

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The Foundation Fighting Blindness was established in 1971. Since that time it has raised over $600 million to support research to prevent and treat blindness caused by retinal disease. Over 10 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, have vision loss due to retinal degeneration. Through focused and innovative science, the Foundation drives the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal diseases.